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Title: The queer turn of video game localization 'fills you with determination': a case study of undertale
Author: Báez Humanes, Olga
Tutor: Martínez-Carrasco, Robert  
Abstract: Video games are quintessentially queer platforms insofar as they constitute alternative realities that do not stem from solidly presupposed constructs and dynamics. However, only during the last decade has queer game studies become delineated in academia, prompting collaborations across several disciplines. This project aspires to engage with queer game studies from the field of localization, while simultaneously contributing to the sociological and activist turns of translation. For this purpose, a queer turn in video game localization is suggested, which uses the potential of translation for socio-political intervention to thoroughly explore and reproduce the inherent otherness in video games. In doing so, (self)critical and close-reading practices are applied to the queer analysis of the American video game Undertale for its Spanish translation. Such practices would put an end to the common domesticating method in audiovisual translation of resolving the linguistic and socio-political divergences between target and source locales through the erasure of alienness.
Keywords: video game localization
reflexive translation
translation barriers
Document type: info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis
Issue Date: Jun-2021
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